In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is announcing the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority (TCAA) Launch Site Operator License, Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX). A copy of the Draft EA is available here on this website for download.
The FAA will hold a public meeting to solicit comments on the Draft EA on January 8, 2020 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the following location:
Ralph Poppell Airport Administration Building at Space Coast Regional Airport
355 Golden Knights Boulevard
Titusville, Florida 32780
During this meeting, FAA representatives will have the chance to answer questions about the Draft EA. Members of the public will have the chance to provide written and/or oral comments at the meeting. We invite all interested parties to attend the meeting.
CommentsComments can be sent by email to TIX_Spaceport_EA@icf.com. Comments can also be mailed to ICF, Attention: FAA TIX EA, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031. The FAA encourages all interested parties to provide comments concerning the content and analysis in the Draft EA by January 17, 2020.
Comments should be as specific as possible and address the analysis of potential environmental impacts and the adequacy of the proposed action or the merits of the alternatives being considered. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority (TCAA) Launch Site Operator License proposal to operate to operate a commercial space launch site at the Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX) in the northern half of Brevard County, Florida. The TCAA would offer the site to one or more commercial launch operators for the operation of horizontal take-off and horizontal landing reusable launch vehicles (RLVs). Under the Proposed Action addressed in the EA, the FAA would:
- Issue a launch site operator license to TCAA for the operation of a commercial space launch site at TIX;
- Unconditionally approve to the updated ALP that shows the designation of the launch site boundary and existing and planned launch site infrastructure.
While this EA analyzes the conceptual operations of launch vehicles that could operate at TIX, the FAA issues separate experimental permits and/or licenses for operation of launch vehicles. Therefore, potential launch operators would need to obtain individual experimental permits and/or launch licenses from the FAA before launching from TIX.
Next Steps and the Final EA
All comments received during the public comment period on the Draft EA will be given equal weight and taken into consideration during the preparation of the Final EA. In preparing the Final EA, the FAA will revise the Draft EA to reflect comments received, issues raised through the public involvement and public meeting process, and other considerations.
The Final EA will identify and discuss any unresolved environmental issues and efforts to resolve them through further consultation. The Final EA will reflect compliance with the requirements of all applicable special purpose laws and requirements, including Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. If such compliance is not possible by the time of Final EA preparation, the Final EA will reflect consultation with the appropriate agencies and provide reasonable assurance that the requirements can be met.